Like any big organization, the ARRL has both a fan-club and detractors, with the fairest take being one somewhere in the middle.
Warts and all the league does get my support, including as a Life Member as:
There is No other real game in town.
Some factional/regional or sub-hobby groups exist, but the ARRL has 99% of the clout in the USA.
Some folk understand the crisis they had caused when they went off ignoring members’ warnings.
Yes, there is leadership within the organization that understands the mistakes of the past, making the ARRL less likely to repeat the errors of their past ways in debacles like Incentive Licensing.
If you don’t get involved you can’t change them.
Simple basic fact, you’re nothing more than a spectator if you don’t get off the sidelines and into the game. If you don’t like something, get involved and work to make it better!
Even with a lousy website and worse net-strategy they do put out a decent magazine.
The website is dark, dour and went from a personal daily read to a once-a-month dutiful check-out. QST is fun to read, National Contest Journal likewise.
Do hear rumbles that the ARRL is evaluating going digital subscription like World Radio has done – hope that is just a nasty rumor! They absolutely spoiled the Contest Rate Sheet with Advertising and HTML that added little to the content.
No alternative with any real weight or capabilities.
Kind of the first point restated. There just isn’t any viable alternative at the present.
What are your reasons to support the ARRL? Your reasons not to?